Situated within the Indian Ocean, the 1,200 islands of the Maldives are well-known for his or her crystal clear waters and pristine white sandy seashores. But this gorgeous archipelago dangers being submerged by rising sea ranges. On the present price of world warming, 80 p.c of the Maldives might develop into uninhabitable by 2050 as many of the land at one metre above sea stage dangers being submerged. The archipelago additionally faces one other main downside: plastic air pollution, which finally ends up on seashores and within the ocean, destroying the marine ecosystem. Our regional correspondents report.